I am disappointed that homosexual partners Elton John and David Furnish have adopted another child via a surrogate mother. Last June, the American scientific magazine "Social Science Research," the most prestigious peer-reviewed publication of its kind, published two new innovative and definitive studies on children raised by same-sex couples. From the studies, it emerged that 12 percent of children brought up by same-sex couples contemplate suicide (against 5 percent of children with heterosexual parents), they are more inclined to be unfaithful (40 percent against 13 percent), they are unemployed more often (28 percent against 8 percent) and they are more likely to visit a psychotherapist (19 percent against 8 percent). They are also more often under social service surveillance compared to peers who are raised by heterosexual couples. In 40 percent of cases, they will catch a sexually transmitted disease at some point (against 8 percent of peers raised by heterosexual couples) and they are generally less healthy, poorer and more likely to smoke and commit criminal offences.
The few studies published so far that support the theory that there is no difference between children brought up in heterosexual and homosexual families are--unlike the new studies--based on non-random, non-representative data, often employing small samples that do not allow for generalization to the larger population of gay and lesbian families.
It is time we realize that the rights of children trump the right to children.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada